Travel Accessories to Sew

Travel Accessories to Sew
Vacation and travel plans come to mind when cooperating weather turns to more warmth and sunny skies. Among a myriad of travel decisions to make are to take along some organizing and carry-along essentials like ticket and passport pouches, sewing toolkit, luggage tags, baby diaper/wipes mini carryall, even a first-aid kit and sewing kit are just some easy-to-sew ideas to consider just in time for the warm weather travel season.

A few quick-to-sew travel accessories are shoe bags that will protect clothes when nestled in a suitcase, a curling iron cover for when time is up and the still hot iron needs to be stored, diaper and wipes case for when a full-size diaper bag will not do, jewelry roll up to keep necklaces and bracelets from tangling, luggage handle wrap to visually personalize luggage and allow for it to be easy to spot on the airport carousel or a colorful luggage identification tag with vinyl window for easy identification. Be sure to limit personal info on luggage tags to first initial, last name, email and phone number while traveling for safety.

For travel security consider:

Easy access lanyard pouch with secure RFID (radio-frequency identification) blocking fabric lining is easy to sew to keep documents, credit cards, driver’s license, currency, hotel key card, passport, and airline tickets safely and discretely close to you when traveling. RFID blocking fabric can hinder electronic thieves. Cut a rectangle of fabric and RFID fabric twice the size of largest document that will be in the pouch plus an additional 1/2-inch all around. Using a fusible web product cut to the same size as the rectangle of fabric, lightly fuse the RFID fabric to the back of the rectangle covering completely (Note: use a press cloth over the RFID fabric to protect shielding fibers). Fold the rectangle in half with the RFID fabric facing out to form a pouch and stitch two sides. Turn so RFID fabric is now inside and hem the remaining opening, attach a clip-on lanyard and insert documents. The RFID fabric reportedly has effective shielding, but use your own judgement. The shielding fabric can be obtained from a variety of sources. The open top of this lanyard pouch makes it easy to quickly retrieve docs when needed.

For convenience when traveling:

Travel ironing pad. To use on any surface when an ironing board is not available - use 2 pieces (square or rectangular shape or any size desired) of Teflon coated fabric and same size cut out of felt and same size muslin or other cotton fabric. Stack Teflon pieces both right sides up, then felt piece and muslin or cotton piece wrong side up. Stitch around all sides in a 1/2-inch seam leaving an opening for turning. Trim seam to straighten edges, then reach into opening to turn right sides out with Teflon side facing out and muslin or cotton fabric facing out as well. Felt will sandwich in-between. Stitch seam closed. Top stitch around all edges to secure layers. Attach ribbon or twill tape to the middle of one side edge so pad can be rolled up and tied. Makes a great off-to-college gift when a small travel iron is included with the ironing pad.

A jewelry roll-up. Keep frustration at bay from not having to untangle delicate necklaces or search for those special earrings. All that is needed - 1/2-yard outer fabric, 1/2-yard inner (lining) fabric, 1/2-yard medium fusible interfacing, several colorful elastic pony tail holders and about 24-inches of grosgrain ribbon for tying closed. The roll-up can be any size desired; trim both fabrics to desired size. Fuse interfacing to the wrong side of the outer fabric. Stitch both fabric pieces right sides together, leaving an opening for turning. Trim seam, turn right sides out, press and stitch opening closed. Stitch several pony tail holders near to the top of the inner fabric. Necklaces and bracelets or watches can be attached to secure. Add a small drawstring pouch to carry earrings and attach to one of the pony tail holders. Sew ribbon to one side edge of the jewelry holder, roll up and tie to secure.

Power cord roll-up. Electronic devices all come with power cords and keeping them organized can be a challenge. Create a roll up like the jewelry roll up but instead of pony tail holders to secure dangling jewelry, lay a length of 1/4 or 1/2-inch elastic across the lining attaching to two side edges, then tack with a few stitches every few inches along the length of the elastic. Gather up power cords and slip each one under a section of the elastic, roll up and tie to secure.

Whether traveling by car, boat or plane organizing an away from home adventure can be both satisfying and yet stressful when deciding on endless details. Sewing a few travel accessories can enhance the anticipated getaway as well as provide needed organization.

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